It is with deepest sympathy that we announce the passing of an amazing woman who surpassed the expectations of a woman in her own society and the world at large in the opinion of this reporter. Once you have read her story, it is in with the hope that you are willing to take some of her story and integrate into your own life to make a positive impact in your world. It is in collaboration with her children that the personal information is set forth in this article. A brief explanation from a social scientist perspective of the Hmong culture and their past to build an understanding of the life and choices of which she made to ensure the well-being and financial future of her children.
There are an estimated six to seven million Hmong living in the world today. Hailing from the mountains of South China, Thailand, North Vietnam and Laos, many were forced to vacate after helping the United States in the Viet Nam Conflict. (The refugees that have lived through it – call it War of which will be referred to from this point forward). The woman of whom we are honoring in this article came from Laos, and her life was especially affected by the War. As a youthful bride of 17, her husband as a military man was called to battle. Soon thereafter, he was declared missing, in actuality he was forced to fight for the opposite side. For five long years she was forced to live an solitary life, following various taboos to ensure his safety and expedient return to her. Everyday she prayed for his safe return. He did return, and their family bloomed and were at peace until yet again his career called him away from his family. Forced to flee from Laos after the United States pulled out of Viet Nam, she had to bring her children and their cousins with her to a Thailand refugee camp wherein people died from starvation and illness. Of which her immediate family were thankfully immune.
Once they were able to reach America, her focus was on the role of a military wife, and hostess to the community, and doing social work as a means to maintain a strong community of Hmong away from their homeland. It is for these reason as well as many more that are not listed in this article, she is being honored by her children, her community and Americans who have had their lives touched upon by this amazing, miracle of a woman, a mother, a sister, a daughter, a daughter-in-law, and friend to all who knew her.
A memorial service to be held January 8, 2015 9:10 am and 11:00 am for a 4 day formal Hmong traditional service at Merced Fairgrounds Pavilion Building located at 900 Martin Luther King Way in the city of Merced California. Hours are 24 hours service rain or shine, in celebrating the life of our mother.